Some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and, as such, spoilers will be present.
Despite much assumption to the contrary, J. K. Rowling had insisted that the story of the play was not a prequel to the story of Harry Potter, and eventually revealed that Cursed Child would be the eighth story, following Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As such, she considers the story of the play to be part of the official Harry Potter canon.
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HistoryOn 23 October 2015, it was revealed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be the official sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the eighth Harry Potter story of the series.
Original West End production
The original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play performance based on the script, and portrayed the eighth Harry Potter story in the series. It premiered on 30 July 2016. The play was shown in two parts.
- J. K. Rowling: Original Story
- Jack Thorne: Original Story and Playwright
- John Tiffany: Original Story and Director
- Steven Hoggett: Movement Director
- Christine Jones: Set Designer
- Katrina Lindsay: Costume Designer
- Imogen Heap: Composer
- Neil Austin: Lighting Designer
- Gareth Fry: Sound Designer
- Jeremy Chernick: Special Effects
- Jamie Harrison: Illusions
- Martin Lowe: Music Supervisor
- Julia Horan: CDG Casting
- Sonia Friedman: Productions Producer
- Colin Callender: Producer
- Jamie Parker and Jamie Glover as Harry Potter
- Paul Thornley and Thomas Aldridge as Ronald Weasley
- Noma Dumezweni and Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger
- Sam Clemmett and Theo Ancient as Albus Potter
- Poppy Miller and Emma Lowndes as Ginevra Potter
- Cherrelle Skeete and Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley
- Alex Price and James Howard as Draco Malfoy
- Anthony Boyle and Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius Malfoy
- Jeremy Ang Jones as Craig Bowker Jr
- Annabel Baldwin as Moaning Myrtle and Lily J. Potter
- Paul Bentall as Vernon Dursley, Severus Snape and Lord Voldemort
- Claudia Grant as Polly Chapman
- Chris Jarman as the Sorting Hat and Rubeus Hagrid
- James Le Lacheur as Yann Fredericks
- Helen Lymbrey as Petunia Dursley, Rolanda Hooch and Dolores Umbridge
- Barry McCarthy as Amos Diggory and Albus Dumbledore
- Sandy McDade as the Trolley Witch and Minerva McGonagall
- Adam McNamara as the Train Guard
- Tom Milligan as James Potter Jr, James Potter Snr and Cedric Diggory
- Jack North as Dudley Dursley, Karl Jenkins and Viktor Krum
- Nuno Silva as Bane and Professor Mazoni
- Esther Smith as Delphi Diggory
- Rudi Goodman, Alfred Jones, Bili Keough, Nathaniel Smith and Dylan Standen as Young Harry Potter
- Zoe Brough, Cristina Fray, Christiana Hutchings as Lily Jr
An early review for the play from USA Today reviewer Elysa Gardner was glowingly positive, giving the play 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. Gardner stated that the "smashing storytelling and layered but accessible emotional life that always fueled Harry's saga" has remained. Entertainment Weekly also gave the play a strong review, with an overall grade of A-, stating the play is one that "doesn’t play it safe with the Potter canon and will change how fans see certain favourite characters forever." Reviews across the board have generally been very favourable, though most reviews have been kept largely spoiler-free, as attendees are handed badges reading "Keep the Secrets" upon exiting the theatre.
Behind the scenes
- Following the announcement of the publication of the play in script form, headlines from many sources proclaimed the title as the "eighth Harry Potter novel" by Rowling, despite the fact that official sources have been clear that the new book is simply a complete copy of the play's script, which was not authored by her. Various sources have also described the play incorrectly as a "prequel," despite Rowling's statements to the contrary and the fact that the play is clearly described as taking place 19 years after the events of the final novel.
- In January 2017, Rowling set the record straight about rumours that the play would be made into a film, or a series of films. She stated that the play was only ever meant to be on stage, and that she and the writers never intended for it to be anything else, and that it would stay that way. She also stated that it will not only never be a film, but joked that it will never be a novel, puppet show, cartoon and comic book series either.
Notes and references
- ↑ J.K. Rowling's Twitter
- ↑ The story of #CursedChild should be considered canon, though. @jackthorne, John Tiffany (the director) and I developed it together. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- ↑ Time - "J.K. Rowling Confirms Harry Potter Play Will Be Considered 'Canon'"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 New details on Cursed Child, the ‘eighth Harry Potter story' by the Pottermore Team
- ↑ Harry Potter play script to be published by Little, Brown, February 10, 2016 by Charlotte Eyre at The Bookseller
- ↑ Harry Potter stage play is sequel about Harry’s son, ‘eighth story in the series’ at Entertainment Weekly
- ↑ Wiz, bang! It's a double helping of Harry Potter | Daily Mail Online
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Pottermore - New cast announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Radio Times - First look at the new cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- ↑ Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Still magic in middle age... It's Harry Potter and a new-look Hermione: Cast set to star in highly-anticipated stage play is revealed
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Pottermore - Cursed Child reveals first look at Harry, Ginny and Albus Potter in character
- ↑ Pottermore - New Cursed Child character portraits of Ron, Hermione and Rose Granger-Weasley
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Pottermore - Final Cursed Child portraits show Draco and Scorpius Malfoy in character
- ↑ 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 Cast list from the programme from the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
- ↑ Gardner, Elysa (July 25, 2016). "Review: 'Cursed Child' has that Harry Potter magic", USA Today. Retrieved on July 26, 2016.
- ↑ Hibberd, James (July 25, 2016). "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: First review - Effects-stuffed stage sequel explores the past and future of The Boy Who Lived", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on July 26, 2016.
- ↑ Denham, Jess (July 26, 2016). "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews roundup: Theatre critics spellbound by new JK Rowling play", Independent. Retrieved on July 26, 2016.
- ↑ Deadline - "JK Rowling rules on five-year-old Potter bet made in Florida"
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script on Amazon
- ↑ JK Rowling's website - Cursed Child film rumours
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